The Swiss photojournalist René Burri, considered one of the best known and most respected photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries, produced a work of images that stand as valuable documents of contemporary history.Leica Camera welcomes the 80-year old photographer, who has been a member of the Magnum agency for over fifty years, into the Leica Hall of Fame. Burri’s iconic images were shot at political hot spots around the world, such as the divided and later reunited city of Berlin. He achieved fame with his evocative portraits, such as the world-renowned image of Che Guevara with a cigar.
On June 26, 2013, Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board and majority shareholder at Leica Camera AG, presented the award in the form of a Leica M Monochrom to Burri in Zurich, where he first studied photography in the 1950’s. The award ceremony took place in the course of the exhibition titled ‘René Burri – A Double Life,’ showing until October 13, 2013 in the ‘Museum für Gestaltung Zurich.’ The exhibition features around 200, in part previously unpublished, contemporary documents captured by Burri in black and white and, for the first time, shows some of his work in color.
“René Burri has created images that are now irremovably engraved in the photographic consciousness of our world,” said Dr. Kaufmann. “His portraits of Picasso, Giacometti, Le Corbusier or Guevara have long since become iconic, just like their subjects. René Burri’s work has played a decisive role in changing the face of 20th-century photography. The links between René Burri and Leica have been inseparable since the beginning of his unique career as a photographer.”